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Things 2 - Task Management - GTD: Getting Things Done - Opinions and a Few Questions

Posted on 2013-01-17
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I am in the process of reading the book Getting Things Done and learning the GTD (Getting Things Done) system and the main thing I need to know is if Things 2 work with the GTD system, like the way it manages tasks and projects?

I don't mind plopping down the $30 or $40 for the Iphone and Ipad apps but I want to make sure it will do what I need it to do.

What are some other opinions of Things 2 in general? From what I have read is it one of the best task management systems available.

I have a Iphone and Ipad but no Mac. Is it possible to use a web interface with Things 2 to add, remove or edit tasks and then sync to the mobile devices? If not I can just do it from the Ipad but it's nice to have a option to manage from a desktop.

Any other advice on GTD or task apps?
Question by:REIUSA
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Sigurdur Armannsson earned 2000 total points
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I use Things as my main todo manager. I keep track of lists of things I have to do, want to do later. It is also very nice to slice down projects to smaller pieces and give individual tasks completion dates.
One of my favorite features is that I can select a mail or a page in Safari and use a shortcut to link it into Things, as a reminder or something to attend to or read later.
The interface is very mac-like, very nice to have open.

Getting Things Done:
I have read the book and it is a good reading. Actually there is no way I can put my life into Davids system. It is too overboard for me. But the book gave me some good ideas, mostly in the way how I sort out my stuff. Any good reading about productivity is great but it should be open to our own interpretation.
Things is not a great application to implement the real pristine GTD if you want to go that way.

OmniFocus from Omnigroup:
This todo app fits much better the GTD method. It is nice, although I prefer Things for myself. Note that you can get free OmniFocus till the end of this month when version 2 will be shipped.

OmniFocus and Things sync nicely between all the i-gatchets.

I skip talking about all the todo lists apps but many are very nice, like Wunderlist.

I think it is worth mentioning, since you are at this point, that you will probably want to use one place to take notes and gather information. Many recommend Evernote but for me I use nvALT, a free note keeper, text only, which uses SimpleNotes online for syncing and writing online. Just love it.

Finally, for paper, I use my own system which I call Circles. It is very simple and very effective. See here for more: http://font.is/the-circle-a-simple-todo-system-to-get-more-things-done/

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Great, thanks for the info. Circles looks very interesting, I'll have to read up on that too, that might be a good day to day task list since I use a notebook for some things.

I'm thinking OmniFocus may be the better option for me although I may not use the full blast GTD system it's nice to have the functionality.

So I take it neither Things or OmniFocus have a way to use a web interface to manage tasks?

For the note apps you are referring to I guess that is a method to easily move large amounts of text data between a PC and the IDevices? That may work fine since I can probably do most of the managing from the Ipad pretty easy.
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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So I take it neither Things or OmniFocus have a way to use a web interface to manage tasks?

That is true. No online end. Maybe Omnigroup adds that in Febuary? It's pretty sure that those guys want to implement it since like Things for one has its own cloud system. It got to be around the corner.

There is only a handful of application in this field that do both device and online todo tracking. Remember the Milk is probably the most famous. Check out "todo" in the AppStore.

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I have Todo on my iphone and a toodledoo account but unless I did a bad job searching I didn't think there was a ToDo app for the IPad, I know you can run the iphone app on the ipad but I would rather have something made for the ipad so the perspective is correct and not just a huge iphone screen.

One other problem I had was ToDo wasn't 100% compatible with GTD. I really need to finish reading the book and figure out exactly how the system works but I learn best by doing things so I figured I could use whatever app I plan on using while going through the book kind of like doings labs.

OF sounds like it might be the best option for me. Thanks for your help.

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